When you stop enabling your loved one, he or she may go further down the path of destruction. You may inwardly think, “I can’t bear to see my daughter in such pain and danger.” Or, “My son might get killed! And then I would have his death on my hands. I can’t let that happen!”
Do not be afraid to trust God. Place your hope in the story of the Prodigal Son recorded in Luke 15. This father did not enable his son. He allowed him to leave home, knowing the son would soon waste his inheritance. Before long, the rebellious young man had lost everything.
But all alone in a pig pen, the Bible says, “He came to his senses.” The young man realized that even the hired men at his father’s household ate better than he did! And the son resolved to go and seek his father’s forgiveness. “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.” (Verse 21) He takes personal responsibility for his actions. It’s time for joyful peace and a celebration!
Seeing your teen facing the consequences of his behaviors can be difficult, but, remember, that he needs to see the truth of his situation for himself. Without consequences, he may never understand the depths of his need for freedom in Christ.
Your teen may even need to be enrolled in a residential rehabilitation program, but it can also be a heart wrenching decision to make. Remember, taking brave actions today, could very well save your son’s life. If you would like to talk to our Admissions team today call us at: 417-272-3754.